MARS HILL, Maine - For schools which honor the Harvest break in September, soccer practice could begin on Monday. The Panthers of Central Aroostook High School hit the pitch with their confidence high.
"I tell them, the difference between us and other teams is the other teams have two or three good players," head coach Wallace Endy said. "We have a whole team of good players."
Endy enters the second year of his second go-round with the Panthers. He led CAHS to a Class D North title game appearance last season against Bangor Christian. The game was a nail-biter, but they lost 1-0. Coming that close to victory has Endy hungry for a different outcome.
"I have big hopes after last season," Endy said. "Doing so well, I intend to be there again."
The Panthers return a core group from last year's squad including leading goal scorer Hunter Wardwell. The senior is coming off a 31 goal campaign last season and he says he intends to eclipse 40 this year.
According to Endy, the player who is expected to get the ball to Wardwell as well as the back of the net is junior left winger, Hayden Kingsbury.
"He's so unselfish there was times last year where I had to tell him to shoot!" Endy said. "But he just looked at me and said, 'Coach I want the assist!' That's just the kind of kid he is."
According to several members of the team, there's only one thing on their minds for this season: the Gold Ball.
Central Aroostook begins their season on Friday, August 10 vs. Washburn.